PMO apologizes to Ignatieff camp

Harper’s staff removed journalists from event prior to Liberal leader’s address

The PMO has apologized for kicking out journalists and removing the podium before Michael Ignatieff was scheduled to speak at an event at the Indian high commission. After Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the crowd at the “Year of India in Canada” event, which included a coterie of journalists and TV crews, PMO staff ushered the scribes out of the room. Liberal communications director Leslie Church called it “an appalling abuse of power.” A press release issued by Mr. Ignatieff’s office did not indicate whether he would be speaking, merely that he would be attending the event, and the podium reportedly belonged to the PMO. Harper spokesman Andrew MacDougall has apologized for the misunderstanding, saying in an email that “media should not have been asked to leave prior to Mr. Ignatieff’s remarks.”

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PMO apologizes to Ignatieff camp

  1. Arrogance meets ineptitude, could the result have been any different?

  2. Arrogance meets ineptitude, could the result have been any different?

  3. This was a deliberate attempt by the current government to silence the opposition. No, it was not a misunderstanding.

    Perhaps our fearless media could ask this regime just exactly what was the nature of the misunderstanding? I mean come on, what was there to misunderstand?

    The media denounces this type of behavior in other countries but condones it in its own country. RIDICULOUS!!!!!

  4. This was a deliberate attempt by the current government to silence the opposition. No, it was not a misunderstanding.

    Perhaps our fearless media could ask this regime just exactly what was the nature of the misunderstanding? I mean come on, what was there to misunderstand?

    The media denounces this type of behavior in other countries but condones it in its own country. RIDICULOUS!!!!!

    • "A press release issued by Mr. Ignatieff's office did not indicate whether he would be speaking, merely that he would be attending the event, and the podium reportedly belonged to the PMO."

      Yeah, Steve should have been listening to what ingnatieff meant, not what he said… Big bad Steve at it again huh?? How could they take their own podium after the speach?! like OMG! How could they clear out the media even though Mike indicated that he might show up to watch? It's almost as bad as the prime minister literally duct taping the oppositions mouth shut!

      Steven Harper eats babies I know… I hear it all the time.

      • Ok genius, just why did the PMO kick the media out than?

        Are you OK with a sitting government telling the media what to do?

        Go sit in the corner where you belong!

        • Are you OK with the media going along with whatever the government tells it to do?

          • Absolutely not and that is one of the two questions that needs to be answered.

        • That, my friend, is a dictatorship and what the rest of the world is currently fighting against!

  5. Makes both parties look bad.

    "Over-zealous" Conservatives.

    Disorganized Liberals.

    I suppose most people would tend to pick the former though when managing a country. Liberals should let this issue slip quietly into the night. To keep harping on it makes them look like inept whiners.

  6. Makes both parties look bad.

    "Over-zealous" Conservatives.

    Disorganized Liberals.

    I suppose most people would tend to pick the former though when managing a country. Liberals should let this issue slip quietly into the night. To keep harping on it makes them look like inept whiners.

    • Quite right.
      "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" would be the appropriate warning to either side wanting to make a "story" out of this. It 's the very apex of petty bickering. There are no points to be won here for either side.

      • Yeah, th deliberate attempt by the government to silence its opposition is petty! GTFO.

  7. Quite right.
    "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" would be the appropriate warning to either side wanting to make a "story" out of this. It 's the very apex of petty bickering. There are no points to be won here for either side.

  8. Lets clarify a little here.
    There was no question that Iggy was going to speak since the PMO office had already asked to have his remarks reschedualled to later in the program.
    The PMO had no right or authority to ask reporters to leave a public non-government event. This was being hosted by a foriegn nation (India) and the PM and Iggy were both guests. The PMO took over the agenda to make sure only Harper would be allowed to speak.

  9. Lets clarify a little here.
    There was no question that Iggy was going to speak since the PMO office had already asked to have his remarks reschedualled to later in the program.
    The PMO had no right or authority to ask reporters to leave a public non-government event. This was being hosted by a foriegn nation (India) and the PM and Iggy were both guests. The PMO took over the agenda to make sure only Harper would be allowed to speak.

    • Re: the speaking order rescheduling. Is there a source for that?

      • "A Liberal source told QMI Agency when Ignatieff and his staff arrived, they were told the PMO's staff had "taken over" the non-partisan event. The staffers tried to change the timing of Ignatieff's speech until the end of the evening, even though Indian officials had planned for Ignatieff to speak after Harper, the source said. The timing of the speech was not changed."
        Toronto Sun
        Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency
        March 5

        • Cool. Thanks.

  10. Re: the speaking order rescheduling. Is there a source for that?

  11. Yeah, th deliberate attempt by the government to silence its opposition is petty! GTFO.

  12. "A Liberal source told QMI Agency when Ignatieff and his staff arrived, they were told the PMO's staff had "taken over" the non-partisan event. The staffers tried to change the timing of Ignatieff's speech until the end of the evening, even though Indian officials had planned for Ignatieff to speak after Harper, the source said. The timing of the speech was not changed."
    Toronto Sun
    Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency
    March 5

  13. One commentator said the apology was written in advance. If true, this is totally despicable. It does have Harper's stamp on it. In a Bio published in the Globe & Mail years ago, a fellow classmate remembered Harper in high school sitting at his desk hiding his paper with his arm so that no fellow student could see what he was writing. Paranoid psychopath?

  14. One commentator said the apology was written in advance. If true, this is totally despicable. It does have Harper's stamp on it. In a Bio published in the Globe & Mail years ago, a fellow classmate remembered Harper in high school sitting at his desk hiding his paper with his arm so that no fellow student could see what he was writing. Paranoid psychopath?

  15. "A press release issued by Mr. Ignatieff's office did not indicate whether he would be speaking, merely that he would be attending the event, and the podium reportedly belonged to the PMO."

    Yeah, Steve should have been listening to what ingnatieff meant, not what he said… Big bad Steve at it again huh?? How could they take their own podium after the speach?! like OMG! How could they clear out the media even though Mike indicated that he might show up to watch? It's almost as bad as the prime minister literally duct taping the oppositions mouth shut!

    Steven Harper eats babies I know… I hear it all the time.

  16. Ok genius, just why did the PMO kick the media out than?

    Are you OK with a sitting government telling the media what to do?

    Go sit in the corner where you belong!

  17. Are you OK with the media going along with whatever the government tells it to do?

  18. Absolutely not and that is one of the two questions that needs to be answered.

  19. Cool. Thanks.

  20. That, my friend, is a dictatorship and what the rest of the world is currently fighting against!

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